Our extra camps offer pupils the opportunity to practise and extend their English while having fun, building teamwork and confidence in the outdoors. As with everything we do, safety is an absolute priority. Pupils are under the general care of our own staff and adventurous activities are provided by fully qualified professional instructors. Risk assessments are in place for each activity and our insurance is extended to cover these activities.
Outdoor Adventure Camp for 11 - 17 year olds, 5 - 12 August 2018
Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control we have been forced to cancel our 2018 adventure camp in Dorset. We have however arranged a 7-day alternative as follows:
Pupils will stay in a waterside lodge at Cotswold Water Park an area of over 10,000 hectares with more than 150 lakes. They will be accommodated in twin rooms. The Directors of ECS, Christopher and Sarah Etchells, will stay in the lodge to supervise and provide a relaxed family environment. The lodge has full wifi internet connectivity enabling pupils to easily stay in contact with family and friends.
Cotswold Water Park offers a variety of adventurous activities. There will be opportunities to go paddle boarding, kayaking, windsurfing and dinghy sailing. For the very adventurous there is even - with parental permission - the opportunity to go wakeboarding. There is also a high ropes aerial adventure centre which offers a range of climbing, jumping and swinging activities, all in complete safety. To get an idea of the range of activities on offer, please see this video
Cotswold Water Park is a very beautiful and peaceful environment. There will be time to relax in and around the lodge, to swim from one of the lakeside beaches and to walk and cycle on safe tracks through the surrounding nature reserves and countryside.
With regard to improving their English, pupils will be encouraged to keep a daily diary of their stay. Christopher Etchells is a qualified and experienced English Language teacher who will be in an excellent position to help pupils identify and correct any habitual errors they are making with their English.
At the end of 5 days at the water park, Chris, Sarah and the pupils will take the train to London for a 2-day visit to this amazing city. We'll stay at the very comfortable new Hilton Bankside Hotel situated superbly on the South Bank of the river Thames, close to the Tate Modern art gallery. We will consult pupils on what they wish to see and do and will provide a mixture of sightseeing, shopping and culture. Pupils will be accommodated in twin executive rooms with access to the executive lounge for breakfast, afternoon tea and evening snacks. There is a large swimming pool in the hotel with adjoining bubble spa where pupils will also be able to relax under our supervision.
On 12 August we will accompany pupils to Heathrow Airport and stay with them until it is time for them to check in for their journey home.
The cost of the week is the same as the adventure camp it replaces: GBP 895. This represents outstanding value for the lucky pupils who will be attending. We currently have places remaining for one girl and one boy, teenagers aged 14 - 16. If you are interested please contact us now.
Bushcraft Camp for 7 - 14 year olds, 16 - 22 July 2018
Our Bushcraft Camp takes place at Port Regis School 16 - 22 July. It is for children aged 7 - 14 who wish to camp out in the school grounds while learning bushcraft skills. Pupils continue to attend English lessons while they attend the bushcraft camp.
Bushcraft activities centre around the survival basics of fire, shelter and water. Pupils learn firelighting skills, how to build shelters, how to purify water using natural materials. They experiment with camouflage and concealment, learn how to build animal traps, enjoy camp fire cookery and learn about mapreading, all with plenty of games and team-building exercises mixed in. At the end of each day pupils gather for songs and hot chocolate round the camp fire before going to bed in cosy tents under the night sky. At the end of camp pupils review and reflect about the things they have learnt and leave with a pocket manual about survival skills.
View a slideshow from our bushraft camp here
Bushcraft Camp daily timetable
08:00 Wake up
09:30 Bushcraft activities (11 - 14 yr olds) / English lessons (7 - 11 yr olds)
14:30 English lessons (11 - 14 yr olds) / Bushcraft activities (7 - 11 yr olds)
18:30 Evening meal
19:30 Social programme
21:00 Camp fire
Dates, price and booking